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Wednesday August 29 2012
No end to Bilbao misery

Just what is going on at San Mames? Mike Barnes examines why Athletic Bilbao have gone into meltdown.

Athletic Bilbao’s dreadful start to the season continued on Monday as Marcelo Bielsa’s men shipped another four goals to leave them propping up the embryonic Primera Liga table. Their leaky defence is nothing new, but Athletic’s problems appear to run much deeper.

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Monday August 20 2012
Betis' Bilbao warning

Athletic Bilbao’s vulnerability without their star names raises serious questions about life after Javi Martinez and Fernando Llorente, writes Kieran Canning.

Athletic Bilbao have endured a torrid week. Off the field the talk has been of contracts as Fernando Llorente declared his intention not to renew his deal, whilst Javi Martinez’s €40m buy-out clause looks set to be activated by Bayern Munich.

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Sunday August 19 2012
Hope at last for Malaga

After a summer of turmoil on the south coast, Malaga have some optimism to cling on to. Garreth Nunn looks at the record-breaking Fabrice Olinga.

Salomon Rondon had been sold, Ruud Van Nistelrooy had retired and Julio Baptista was still out injured with no fixed date of when he would return. Manuel Pellegrini has seen the squad that he worked so hard for taken apart and there was nothing he could do about it. With the club still in talks to sign ex-Real Madrid and Barcelona striker Javier Saviola, the Coach from Chile had no option but to call up young Fabrice Olinga for Malaga’s tie away to Celta Vigo to make up the numbers.

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Saturday August 18 2012
Olinga breaks La Liga record

Fabrice Olinga has become the youngest ever goalscorer in La Liga’s history today with a match-winning goal for Malaga at Celta Vigo.

The 16-year-old Cameroon player was named in Manuel Pellegrini’s matchday squad due to the lack of numbers otherwise available to the Chilean in light of the club’s summer transfer ban.

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Thursday August 16 2012
Muniain to miss Liga kick-off

Athletic Bilbao have been dealt a blow ahead of the season kick-off with the news that Iker Muniain won’t be fit for selection.

The tricky winger has suffered a mild calf injury in his right leg and is almost certainly ruled out of Athletic’s season kick-off at home to Real Betis on Sunday evening.

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Tuesday August 14 2012
Juventus also want Muniain

After confirming they want Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, Juventus are also reported to want his teammate Iker Muniain.

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Friday August 10 2012
Muniain the hero in Croatia

Iker Muniain was the hero as Athletic Bilbao survived a scare against Slaven Belupo to move into the next round of the Europa League.

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Tuesday July 31 2012
Olympic failure Spain’s vital lesson?

Luis Milla and his players were highly criticised after crashing out the Olympics, but it could just be the experience they needed writes Kieran Canning.

Two games, two defeats, no goals, eliminated. That was the sum total of Spanish football team’s contribution to the Olympic Games.

A competition that started as the chance to secure their second major competition of the summer (third if you include the U-19s retaining their European title) ended in just four days.

“This team would have grown and been a medallist,” claimed Coach Luis Milla afterwards. Ill-advised words so quickly after defeat and certainly ones not echoed by the Spanish media.

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Thursday July 12 2012
Raul: Muniain is my successor

Real Madrid legend Raul believes his natural successor in Spanish football is Athletic Bilbao’s Iker Muniain.

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Tuesday July 10 2012
Muniain hoping for calm at San Mames

Iker Muniain says he hopes for calm at San Mames following the bust-up between Athletic boss Marcelo Bielsa and President Josu Urrutia.

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